Obama Administration Votes Against England, Supporting Argentine-Backed Resolution on the Falkland Islands

by Hans Bader on June 10, 2011 · 6 comments

in Economy, International, Personal Liberty, Property Rights

The Falkland Islands are English-speaking and have been part of the United Kingdom for generations. Although Argentina unsuccessfully tried to conquer them in 1982, they have no desire to be part of Argentina, anymore than the United States yearns to be part of Mexico. But the Obama Administration wants England to entertain just that possibility, ignoring “the principle of self-determination for the islanders.” (The islands are largely “self-governing“).

In what has been perceived in England as a stab-in-the-back, the  U.S. State Department has sided with Argentina in a resolution on the Falkland Islands by the Organization of American States (OAS) backed by the anti-American rulers of Venezuela and Nicaragua.  The resolution contains a draft declaration calling on England to negotiate with Argentina over ceding control of the Falkland Islands.  The declaration refers to the islands by their Argentine name of the “Malvinas,” which is rejected by inhabitants of the islands.

Argentina’s military dictatorship previously invaded the Falklands in 1982, only to be ousted and defeated by the English military.

Argentina is now run by the Peronist Party, whose founder, Juan Peron openly sympathized with America’s fascist enemies in World War II, and knowingly gave refuge to fleeing Nazi war criminals.  Argentina’s recent Presidents, Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, have nationalized private pensions and plundered the private sector to pay for big government and welfare schemes.  The OAS declaration “comes in the wake of increasing aggression by the Kirchner regime in the past 18 months, including threats to blockade British shipping in the South Atlantic.”

Residents of the Falkland Islands have eminently sound reasons for wanting to remain in Britain, the birthplace of parliamentary democracy, rather than Argentina, which has too often been ruled by authoritarian strongmen like Peron or by military governments.  The United Kingdom scores higher on international measures of property rights and the rule of law than Argentina does.

This is not the first time that the Obama Administration has acted in a way seemingly calculated to antagonize our strongest ally, the United Kingdom. Obama earlier offended the British, by returning a bust of the late Winston Churchill, and then snubbing English Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It seems foolish to antagonize a long-time ally like England, which has assisted and fought with America in many wars in recent generations, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Korea.

Patti Gettinger June 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

I visited the Falklands a few years ago. They DETEST the Argentines. The islands are still littered with landmines laid by Argentina’s military, and areas are marked with warning signs. Children, and tourists, are taught to avoid them. Wildlife and pets are occasionally blown up by them. The Falklanders are British through and through. To cede control of the Falkland Islands to Argentina is utterly ridiculous by any measure. But ridiculous is standard operating procedure for the Obama administration. Boot these morons out of office in 2012. (If you haven’t gone to the Falklands, you should. It’s a gorgeous place and the residents are delightful.)

Eloy June 18, 2011 at 4:55 am

The English goverment put British into Malvinas (Falklands), expelling their inhabitants, long time ago (1883). Argentina never relinquished claim sovereignty over the islands. So, they (Kelpers) have no right to autodetermination on those land. Maybe they (Kelpers) do not have blame of English encroaching , but even that makes them landowners.

Sinccity June 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Gordon Brown is not English he is Scottish.
Not sure why your article flip flops between Britain, United Kingdom and England throughout.
You do understand that England is only part of Great Britain don’t you ? And that there is no such thing as English military ? (Pssst it’s British). You clearly do not understand that the Churchill bust had been loaned to the US , it wasn’t for the US to keep and the loan ran out in 2009 . The British didn’t give a damn that it was returned but then they didn’t give a damn when it was loaned out.

Your article shows a great ignorance of the country you appear to be trying to show support for.

Since there has as been a continued threat of another invasion to the Falkland Islands then Obama is correct dialogue needs to re-start and then a conclusion drawn once and for all. Why are so many people against solutions to these problems. It is so bizarre.

David June 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

This is a clear signal that the pre-election period has begun in Argentina and the Peronistas running the country have come up with this issue to gain more support among their voters.

Eloy June 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

The position of Kirchner about Malvinas (Falklands) always was the same. The words of Cameron rejecting peaceful solutions, are an insult to Argentina, the UN, the OAS, International Laws and the world peace.

Bob Roberts June 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

If anyone actually took time to read the resolution they would find it doesn’t even imply what this article says it does. In fact it relates directly back to the 88 resolution trying to resolve the claims to the island.

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